Prepare for the Right Test
The GRE revised General Test replaced the GRE General Test on Aug. 1, 2011. Online and print study guides are still available for the old test, but it's important to select a recently updated guide or program so that you can study for the most recent version of the test.
Although the revised GRE still measures critical thinking, analytical writing skills and verbal and quantitative reasoning, the design of the test has changed [source: ETS]. The revised GRE includes:
- The option to edit or change answers within a section
- The ability to tag questions using a "mark and review" section
- The ability to navigate through a timed section by skipping questions and returning to them before going on to the next section
- An on-screen calculator for use during the computerized quantitative reasoning section (those taking the paper test will be provided with a calculator at the testing site)
The use of a calculator indicates a shift in the way mathematical skills are measured. Instead of requiring test takers to rely heavily on manual computation, the revised GRE puts more weight on reasoning skills [source: Take the GRE].